November 09, 2018
ISLAMABAD – The Express Tribune on Friday expressed regrets for erroneously claiming that Aasia Bibi had left Pakistan.
‘Aasia Bibi flies out of Pakistan’ the paper’s front-page headline had screamed Thursday.
“Though the information in The Express Tribune story was clearly attributed to BBC Urdu, the headline didn’t have the attributive tag, which created an impression that it was our own story,” the paper said Friday.
It added that “The Express Tribune regrets the publication of the BBC story without confirmation from the officials concerned and without cross-checking the facts.”
The Foreign Office and the federal information minister denied that Aasia who was acquitted in a blasphemy case by the Supreme Court had left Pakistan.
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